Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
And as I am in Melbourne this weekend I hope to make it to the Malvern Magnolia Square market to take a little break from the sewing machine. Last week I made it to Magnolia Square in Brighton, followed by the Sisters Market in Brunswick and then on Sunday for good measure I went to the Melbourne Design Market at Federation Square. All of them with such amazing things to check out and all had very different vibes although I did note a some stallholders backing up from Saturday to be at Federation Sq on Sunday - hats off to your dedication as I know how tiring a one day market can be let along doing up to 4 days in a row!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
These memories were recently brought back when Kate from The Sheep's Back Wool Gallery in Yass contacted me about stocking Lyssy May designs and I am pleased to say that they are now in-store along side beautiful woolen and other natural fibre clothing and accessories as well as sheepskin products, baby and nursery goods and knitting yarns. The store also stocks individually made accessories and holds art exhibitions. If you are in the area it is well worth the visit! The Sheep's Back Wool Gallery, 67 Comur Street, Yass NSW. Phone 02 6226 3072
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Lauren Williams Handmade Jewellery (love the necklace/brooches)
Metremade (Ikea furniture need not be boring!!)
Auntie Cookie (so great to finally see in person!)
Ink and Spindle (hoping that we will soon be 'neighbours'!)
Friday, November 21, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Over three and half years ago I moved into this little space to kick off one of my big dreams in life - to have my own craft store. It had been vacant for 6 months and in its previous life had been all sorts of stores including a cafe, sewing machine repair shop and even a shoe store. Nestled between an ink cartridge and a water filter shop perhaps wasn't where I had pictured my first shop to be, but in the end it didn't really matter because it was mine and somewhere to start.
This week I am moving out which is sad but is an end to a chapter that needed a full stop so that I can move on and let this friend of mine called Lyssy May spread her wings a little. I am so excited about moving to Melbourne but 676 Wynnum Rd will always be where I learnt my 'trade' and so many lessons about what it is to own a small business and be in retail. In this store there have been lots (and lots) of laughs, tears, moments of elation and frustration, but never moments of regret for the risk I took to follow a dream. If you have a burning passion to get out there and do something you've always wanted, all I can say is 'just do it'. I truly believe there is no reward without risk and the fear of not doing something is much greater than the fear of doing it.
On Friday I will be handing over the keys to someone whose dream has also been to have their own retail premises and I feel so privileged to be in a small way part of her journey. So the boxes are packed, the sewing machine is sitting in my garage waiting for a removals truck and the next chapter is about to start. Thanks to all my wonderful friends, customers and suppliers for being part of it so far. xx
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
The good news for locals is that the spirit of what I have tried to establish at my little location is going to be maintained with the new store that will be taking my place - more news to come on that soon!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Unfortunately I can't say the same for the person who decided to grab a 'five finger discount' for one of my other Little Miss designs in the shop in the last week. It is truly distressing when people steal things that have been created with so much time and love and I can only say that the bag was made filled with beautiful thoughts but walked out the door filled to the brim with bad karma.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
After pounding the pavement all day it is nice to have a comfy place to stay of a night and I can thoroughly recommend Carlton Terrace if you are visiting and would like somewhere that is handy to everything but is also peaceful and relaxing. It is located parallel to Lygon St which is bad for the wasteline but is also near the Carlton Gardens where I have been having some beautiful walks on my way to check out Fitzroy etc.
I am back in Brissy tomorrow and about to head into the last 2 weeks of trading from my Morningside store which is going to be extremely, extremly, extremely sad so I am pleased I've had a chance to scout out Melbourne to reinforce the decision before the emotional farewells begin!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
This Sunday is the quarterly Young Designers Market at Southbank. It is one year since the concept was launched and I have loved being involved as a stallholder. Unfortunately I will miss this weekend as I am visiting Melbourne. Above is a pic my friend Nicole of Hot Toffee took of my stall in June (at the time I didn't know it would be my last one there!). I really encourage Brisbane designers to get involved with the markets and for locals to support them. There is sure to be some wonderful things to check out - why not catch a city cat and make a day of it?
Saturday, August 30, 2008
The awards dinner was held last night and whilst I didn't take out the top prize I was very humbled to see my little store up there on the big screen! Being nominated in a fashion category felt a bit strange as my store is such an eclectic mix of accessories and gifts - when I think fashion, I think 'Sass and Bide' etc! Lyssy May was nominated alongside local favourites like Mother and Child, Thousand Island Dressing, Moo and Bear, Shugah Boutique and the winners, Ashleigh De Ne (congratulations ladies!).
As you may have seen in the local mags and on my website, my little store is soon to close as a I am heading off to Melbourne! More news to come on this but I wanted to make special note in this posting to thank those that nominated me for the award as it is a nice high point to nearly 4 years in Morningside. Plus I wanted to thank the team at Quest who have over the time run some great articles on my business - in particular Jessica Lim and her shop girl column (pics from her article on my made to order service on the right) and also Sarah from Image Magazine who has been a great advocate for my store and has always had some great advertising deals for me - thank you!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Handknit Birdy Mobiles
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
One of the highlights was visiting the beautiful Life In Style trade fair at Flemington. I have always wanted to visit one of these events and wasn't disappointed. It was great to see Erin from Blossom Creations exhibiting there (one of her napkins pictured above). We were both in the Springboard program together and I am so impressed with not only her commitment to her design work but also to creating sustainable products.
Other news from the fair is that owls, birds, deers and babushkas are dominating giftware and children's design. So expect to see them on the shelves for a while to come and I can't say I am disappointed as they are just so gorgeous.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Thank you so much to everyone who came along to Lyssy May's Think Pink Party. It was such a special day and as I surveyed the crowd in my small store (who weren't at all phased by standing shoulder to shoulder) I felt very humbled by the support that was given to the event. Another thank you to all the wonderful designers and businesses who devoted their time and products to make the day such a success.
Relaxing alfresco style in Morningside! Chrys, Yvonne & Yeshim
Angie was an Angel helping me out and Sonia was a Stunner as our auctioneer!
And finally - here's me. So happy that everyone is enjoying themselves. Thanks again for coming along and helping us raise money for the Kim Walters Choices Program which does amazing work supporting women who have undergone a diagnosis of breast or gynaecological cancer.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Peppermint will be a magazine devoted to talking about fashion that is not only fabulous but also can be fair trade, organic, vintage, sustainable, locally produced, recycled, responsibly-made or environmentally friendly. Lyssy May's designs and store try to mix a little bit of everything from this list whenever we can so we are looking forward to stocking the magazine for our customers.
Kelley is also running a great visual art/design comp in response to a set theme where you can win great prizes as well as having your art reproduced in the magazine. Talented folks should visit the website to check out the details!